The incident happened on Dec. 23 of last year, when the star, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., had a gun and ammunition despite knowing he had the previous felony on his record. Carter spent eight months in prison more than a decade ago, after a weapons conviction in New York.
He acknowledged owning the gold-plated handgun after his luggage was searched upon arriving in Miami on a private plane from Los Angeles, and told investigators it was a Father’s Day gift. Investigators also reported finding suspected illegal drugs in the luggage, but Lil Wayne was not charged with a drug offense.
The federal offense carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams told the rapper, according to Miami Herald, that as a felon he has given up certain civil rights, including voting weapon/ammunition possession. He was granted a $250,000 bond.